Job Opportunities & Fellowships

Job Opportunities

Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Association – Executive Director

The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Association is seeking a creative and dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization. The IOOS Association is a nation-wide non-profit that champions the implementation of US IOOS and its network of eleven regional coastal observing systems and 17 Federal agencies. The Association works with the national network and partners to highlight the value and importance of reliable, quality information for ocean and coastal users. We foster collaboration with these partnerships to address current and emerging needs. More information is available in the IOOS Association Five Year Strategic Plan. Please submit a cover letter and résumé electronically to Position open until filled.

Mote Marine Laboratory – Ocean Technology Program Manager

The Ocean Technology Research Program of Mote Marine Laboratory has an opening for a full-time, Staff Scientist/Program Manager. The ideal candidate will have a PhD or equivalent in ocean science & engineering with experience in instrumentation for the marine environment. Experience in interdisciplinary research, biogeochemical measurements and instrumentation, optics, autonomous instrument platforms, and/or ocean observing systems will be advantageous. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated capability to conceive, design and implement instrumentation or device intended for an application in their field of study. Hands-on experience with mechanical, electrical, optical or computer technology will be a rated metric in the selection process. The successful candidate will manage an existing small engineering and ocean technology team and will be responsible for identifying additional personnel needs. The new program manager will interact with optical instrument developers, apply existing instrumentation on autonomous platforms (Webb gliders) and fixed stations, to research questions involving Harmful Algal Blooms under existing projects, lead the migration of existing instruments to additional generations and novel platforms, participate in regional and national activities supporting the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System, manage and enhance Mote’s existing Sarasota Operations – Coastal Ocean Observing System (SO-COOL), develop new instrumentation, and procure grants in support of his/her specific areas of interest.

  • Details   (2022 Ocean Technology Program Manager)

State of Florida, Department of Environmental Protection – Environmental Specialist

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting their air, water, and land. The vision of DEP is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystem.  The Department seeks an Environmental Specialist to

  • Be responsible for proper interpretation of federal/state rules, regulations and statutes to accomplish their legislative intent.  Develops and maintains knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to the Resilient Florida Program including engineering; and knowledge of the statutes, rules, and policies related to coastal construction and environmental resources, pursuant to Chapters 161, 373, 380, and 403, Florida Statutes. Ensures uniform application of the rules and guidance (verbal and written comments) provided to local government officials and their legal, fiscal, administrative, and engineering representatives during the preparation of documentation required under Chapters 62-503 and 62-505, F.A.C.
  • Assist with developing and implementing the Resilient Florida Program, including directing the acquisition of the statewide vulnerability data set, statewide vulnerability assessment, SLIP Tool and Resilience Plan consistent with SB1954. Other programmatic requirements may include creating an annual business plan, strategic plan and the annual program budget.
  • BE responsible for supervising staff to ensure the proper review of facilities plans and/or specifications, inter-local agreements, environmental permitting, capital finance plans, public participation documentation, infiltration/ inflow analyses, sewer system evaluation surveys, major sewer rehabilitation reports, drinking water systems, stormwater systems and conveyances, nature-based coastal features and vulnerability assessment studies. Ensure guidance and direction is provided to assist staff in accomplishing these tasks.
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Ocean Visions UN Center for Ocean-Climate Solutions and Innovation – Director

Jointly launched by Ocean Visions, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Georgia
Aquarium, the Ocean Visions – UN Center for Ocean-Climate Solutions and Innovation (COCSI) is
a designated
Decade Collaborative Center (DCC) under the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for
Sustainable Development. The primary focus of the COCSI is on leading and supporting processes to co-design, develop, test, and ultimately deploy global-scale, equitable ocean-based solutions to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change. The system-level challenges targeted by the COCSI are ocean-based solutions to ameliorating climate change, enhancing food security, and building the climate resiliency of critical marine ecosystems and coastal communities.
COCSI seeks a director who will develop, lead, and support the Center and all of its responsibilities under the Center’s establishing mandate. The primary focus of the Center is to work with a set of UN-endorsed Decade Programs, including their associated Projects and Decade Contributions that are aligned with the overall goals of the Center above.

Mississippi State University, Northern Gulf Institute – Research Engineer I, II, III or Sr

Mississippi State University’s Northern Gulf Institute seeks a Research Engineer to be part of a distributed team developing innovative intelligent fisheries monitoring systems. The Engineer will perform these duties.

      • Coordinate the advancement and implementation of automation of a suite of monitoring tools to provide automation in real time specifically designed to estimate total catch.
      • Assist with advancement and development of real-time systems for automated catch event detection, haul characteristics (catch versus by-catch), fish length measurement, and species identification.
      • Design and develop system functionality and hardware for several intelligent fisheries monitoring systems (IMS) systems by building on previous NOAA Fisheries advancements of both non-camera and camera-based systems, methods, and tools.
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State of Louisiana – Coastal Resources Scientist Senior DCL B

This position serves as a Coastal Resources Scientist Senior – DCL B in the Studies and Environmental Branch within the Planning and Research Division. The incumbent of this position serves as a senior advisor and expert to provide specialized and technical/scientific assistance and guidance to the Coastal Resources Scientist Assistant Administrator and other team members in the Planning and Research Division.  The incumbent also serves as a mentor to lower-level Planning and Research Division scientific and technical staff.  This position supports the implementation of several important segments of the CPRA’s overall coastal restoration and hurricane flood risk reduction program.  Specifically, the incumbent may oversee large federal restoration and protection programs in which CPRA is the non-federal sponsor. Duties will also include coordination and implementation of CPRA’s Flood Risk and Resilience Program providing for non-structural risk reduction measures in coastal Louisiana. The above will require extensive interaction and coordination with federal, state, municipal, and public stakeholders. The successful applicant should have a solid background in the physical or biological sciences, experience in the federal (USACE and others) planning process, a demonstrated ability to handle complex projects or programs, and strong interpersonal communication skills with a strong record of public engagement.

GOOS Biology – Data Manager

GOOS Biology seeks a data manager. The candidate will work under the supervision of the OBIS project manager and in close consultation with the OBIS data manager and the members of the Biology and Ecoystems expert panel of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS BioEco). The candidate will be (i) managing the information about observing systems, networks, and data assets provided via a portal for the Global Ocean Observing System, Biology and Ecosystems Panel (GOOS BioEco) for official launch by the end of 2021 and (ii) provide coordination with the observing systems, networks, and data-producing projects contributing to biological and ecosystem Essential Ocean Variable (EOV) with the aim to bring more of the data from these facilities fully online through OBIS, and become interoperable and reusable as part of an integrated global ocean observing system.

Mote Marine Laboratory — Several Openings

Mote Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit marine research laboratory based in Sarasota, Florida, that also includes a public aquarium, has a positions open. Their current employment openings are listed below.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Marine Microbiology
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Seagrass Ecosystem Research
  • Philanthropy Officer
  • Senior Aquarium Biologist – Mammals and Reptiles
  • Position Details

Restore America’s Estuaries – Grant Administrator

Restore America’s Estuaries is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our finance and grants team. The Grants Administrator will ensure that RAE’s grant-making and related processes, documents, procedures, and implementation are executed professionally, efficiently, on schedule, and in a manner consistent with best practices and all relevant regulations. This position can be fully remote or based out of our Arlington, VA office. Click below to learn more and apply.

Postdoctoral Positions

University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute – Algal Biological and Chemical Diversity

The University of Texas at Austin Marine Institute is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on an NSF-funded project investigating the chemical and biological diversity of benthic dinoflagellates in coral reef ecosystems.  Specifically, the work focuses on the diversity of marine benthic dinoflagellate communities and their corresponding metabolome, with the goal of understanding interactions that link to toxin production and ciguatera poisoning. The project is a collaboration between the lab groups of Deana Erdner (University of Texas Marine Science Institute) and Alison Robertson (University of South Alabama). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with collaborators in the US and globally, and to gain experience and training in bioinformatics, statistics, population genetics, comparative genomics, metabolomics, toxinology, toxicology, chemical ecology, and environmental chemistry as necessary. The combined experience of our groups spans a wide range of topics and provides outstanding potential for training, collaboration, and scientific growth. The appointment is initially for one year, with extension based on productivity and funding availability.

NOAA; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences – Postdoctoral and Senior Associates

The National Ocean Service, Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research seeks a postdoctoral scientist in remote sensing photogrammetry of coastal and marine habitats using unoccupied autonomous systems. The program conducts research and syntheses to develop decision support tools, geospatial models, and data products to inform coastal ecosystem management. They use a suite of field sampling and remote-sensing tools, advanced underwater remote sensing and hydroacoustics technologies, underwater optics, autonomous underwater vehicles and scuba diving to design ecological assessments and experiments to understand impacts of stressors on coastal marine ecosystems. The primary focus for this opportunity will develop remote imaging techniques such as photogrammetry and structure-from-motion using airborne and underwater optics to develop high-resolution digital models for use in ecological research and modeling for the assessment of coral reef ecosystems and restoration.

NRC Research Associateship Programs Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 – $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.  Limited graduate level awards are also available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

Loyola Marymount University – Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bioinformatics and Machine Learning

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available immediately with Demian Willette (Loyola Marymount University), in collaboration with Michael Vecchione (National Museum of Natural History) and Amina Jackson (Booz Allen). The postdoc will be based in the Vecchione Lab at the NMNH, Washington D.C. This position is part of a National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator project aimed at developing use-inspired solutions to societal challenges in ocean-related resources. For more information please reach out to project PI Dr. Demian Willette at

Fellowships and Internships

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences – Minorities in Aquaculture Internship Opportunity

The NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture works to advance the economic, environmental, and social benefits of marine aquaculture. In early 2021, the office set out to increase and diversify partnerships with stakeholders around the nation. This focus on inclusion and accessibility included partnering with Indigenous communities, supporting high school outreach projects, and strengthening connections to minority serving nonprofit organizations. Through these efforts, one partnership was able to host the first-ever Minorities In Aquaculture (MIA) communications student intern.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

The Gulf Research Program’s Early-Career Research Fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. Because the early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time, the relatively unrestricted funds and mentoring this fellowship provides help recipients navigate this period with independence, flexibility, and a built-in support network. They will be opening the 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowship Application Cycle with significant changes to the fellowship program structure by introducing a three-topic track system with application periods spread out over the year. The three tracks, aligned with the Gulf Research Program’s program areas, are:

      • Human Health and Community Resilience
      • Environmental Protection and Stewardship
      • Offshore Energy Safety
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Department of Defense – Visualization of Coastal Data

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) performs research on ocean, estuarine, riverine, and watershed systems in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Department of Defense (DOD) Task Force in support of the Ocean Commission. A multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and support personnel work in CHL’s internationally known, unique facilities. This team has developed state-of-the-art experimental and computational models for solving water resource problems worldwide. Physical facilities of approximately 1.7 million square feet and high-performance computing facilities at the DOD Supercomputing Research Center ( are the basic infrastructure for producing cutting-edge products for successful coastal, inland water resources, and navigation management. CHL work, although primarily in support of the DOD and the Corp’s districts, also interfaces with other federal, state and local agencies, academia, conservation groups, and the general public, as appropriate. The Research Participation Program for USACE-ERDC-CHL provides opportunities to participate in new and on-going applied research and development projects. Research projects range from design guidance to three-dimensional computational models. Focus is placed on inland and coastal navigation, military logistics over the shore, dredging, flood control, storm and erosion protection, waterway restoration, fish passage, hydro-environmental modeling, water/land management, and other water and sediment-related issues facing the nation.

Department of Defense – Coastal Vulnerability Assessment Fellow

The Environmental Laboratory (EL) is one of the seven laboratories of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE-ERDC), which is the Army Corps of Engineers’ integrated research and development (R&D) organization. EL provides solutions to environmental challenges for the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the Nation through environmental science and engineering research and development. Researchers in EL conduct research in ecosystem science and technology, environmental resiliency, environmental sensing, ecological modeling and forecasting, risk and decision science, environmentally sustainable material, systems biology, climate change, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry and environmental security. Under the guidance of a mentor, you will participate in a coastal research project focused on developing stochastic assessments of coastal water levels and erosion risk under past, present and future climates.